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UTEP vs. Middle Tennessee State CUSA Tournament - 3/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-15) at UTEP Miners (22-9)

College Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Legacy Arena)

The Line: UTEP Miners -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSC

The UTEP Miners and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders face off on Friday in a Conference USA college basketball semi-final.

The UTEP Miners are 22-9 this season and they advanced to this game with a 12-point win over FIU. UTEP is averaging 69.9 points and they are shooting 47.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Vince Hunter leads the Miners averaging 15.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Earvin Morris Jr. is averaging 11.2 points, Cedrick Lang is averaging 10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Julian Washburn is averaging 10.3 points. UTEP is 4-1 in neutral site games and 14-5 in Conference USA games.

UTEP vs. Middle Tennessee State CUSA Tournament - 3/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are 18-15 this season and they advanced to this game with a seven-point win over Old Dominion on Thursday. MTSU is averaging 64.1 points and they are shooting 41.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.8 percent. Reggie Upshaw Jr. leads the Blue Raiders averaging 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Perrin Buford is averaging 7.8 points, Jaqawn Raymond is averaging 7.7 points, and Jacquez Rozier is averaging 7.2 points. Middle Tennessee State is 2-2 in neutral site games and 11-9 in Conference USA.

UTEP is 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games, 2-6 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Middle Tennessee State is 4-9-1 against the spread in their last 14 games, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-5 against the spread in Friday games.

UTEP is a four point favorite here but picking against MTSU hasn’t been a good play recently and with no dominant team in Conference USA I look for the Blue Raiders run to continue. 

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Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders +4

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